First Footage and Photos from Avatar Revealed at CinExpo!
This is the moment we've all been waiting for. Finally, after years of waiting, the first footage from James Cameron's Avatar was screened to public for the very first time in Amsterdam earlier today as part of the Cinema Expo International. While we weren't there in person, one of our good friends was, and so were plenty of others. This is what we've been waiting for because it's the first time we'll know whether or not it lives up to the hype. From what I've heard, it definitely does. "Beautiful!" "Stunning!" "Game-changing!" "Unlike anything ever seen!" Those are some of the responses from people leaving after the presentation.
These are some of the thoughts from UCSNord: "Footage from Avatar at #cinexpo was stunning, literally jawdropping. Amazing visuals unlike any before seen, with incredible detail." "CGI was photorealistic, characters look really real. Believe the hype, this movie will be massive!" James Cameron himself was there to present the footage along with his actors Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang. "Three years ago, I stood up here and said the 3-D renaissance is coming," Cameron said. "And from what we've seen in the business, we can now say it has arrived." I can't wait until December!
Those two photos below come from the Avatar after-party which included huge versions of this art, which look a bit like concept art, but you can judge for yourself. You can see a few more shots over on MarketSaw.
I won't be running all of this, so everyone can experience it on their own if they wish, but here's an excerpt from the footage description on MarketSaw: "What is most imporant about this movie: Everything lives and breathes. The tree in the scene with the sacred seeds glowed. Not the bast, but the tree underneath glowed like a living thing. Jake encounters plants which look like a kid's slide which shrink when he touches them. Little fireflies and birds fly through the shots without being there. You just take them as the world, like a dove in Central Park. It's not placed there, it lives there and just happens to be in the shot."
Word is that there was roughly 20 to 30 minutes of footage shown on the RealD XL Cinema System in 3D. Everyone who walked out was awe-struck, absolutely blown away by the footage. "The audience afterwards was stunned. Everyone just gasped, wondered and just couldn't believe what they saw." Sure, all of this is only building the hype even further, but it sounds like this is early proof that it definitely does live up to expectations. Especially considering these people are industry experts who work with movies all day long anyway - they were still blown away. "3D is here and here to stay," Cameron said in his introduction.
For those of you wondering when you'll get to see some actually footage from this, well, the place to be this July is in San Diego. I have it on good authority that some Avatar footage will be shown at Comic-Con!